The Centre, in collaboration with UN-Habitat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), delivered its first international Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership Training on August 12th, 2021. This half-day training followed an initial pilot workshop delivered with Colleges and Institutes Canada in April 2021.
Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership Training builds on the Fridays for Future movement to support climate action for cities with youth, the most engaged climate emergency demographic. The training moves beyond strikes by increasing the capacity and knowledge for youth on how to organize and take action for climate change, regardless of age or location.
The three-hour workshop was delivered in three modules in which participants learned about:
- Sustainable Living: the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global sustainability challenges, and how to achieve one-planet living.
- Leadership: how to organize and coordinate climate impactful projects in communities.
- Governance: how to strategically communicate with government officials.
Workshop participants joined from across Canada and around the world, including Belize, Brazil, Columbia, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Pakistan, United States, and Venezuela.
Engagement was high throughout the trainings and participants particularly found great value in connecting with one another, both to learn from one another as well as to know they’re not alone.
Next phases for the Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership Training are in development.